Waning Crescent Moon
Waning Crescent MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Waning Crescent in Aquarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 days old.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 18 February 2036 at 23:47.

Worm Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2036 after 15 days on 12 March 2036 at 09:09.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1938".

Lunation 446 / 1399

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 446 of Meeus index or 1399 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.78 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 42 minutes and it is 2 hours and 45 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2036. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠195.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠195.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠223.9°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 23 February 2036 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 March 2036 at 02:38 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 403 634 km

The Moon is 403 634 km (250 807 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 380 km (225 794 mi).

Moon before descending node

13 days after ascending node on 12 February 2036 at 03:38 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 26 February 2036 at 05:24 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 22 February 2036 at 04:47 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.246° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.281° at the point of next northern standstill on 7 March 2036 at 07:25 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 27 February 2036 at 04:59 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov